If you are interested in a Nursing career but are unable to pay for your education because of your current financial situation then there may be a solution to your problem. There is financial assistance available in the form of scholarships and grants and they are available for the taking. You just need to know where to start.
Many people would like to attend college or continue their education but feel that this just isn’t possible due to surmounting costs, a poor economy and working in a dead end job just to get by. If you fall into any one of these categories then a grant or scholarship may be just what you need to help you to achieve your education goals. The Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Education have money set aside in the form of grants and scholarships. These forms of assistance are intended to assist people to achieve success. This money is used to provide assistance in higher learning and education. You must meet the requirements to determine eligibility. These may vary from state to state but most are very similar in nature.
In order to qualify, you must be able to prove that your expenses exceed your means. This does not mean that you go on shopping sprees and buy a new sports car but find yourself unable to afford buy food or pay for an education. This type of assistance is for people who are working or who are unable to work and who require assistance to become more self-sufficient. You will need to be a legal resident of the United States and will need to possess a valid Social Security number. You will also need to provide proof of your current income vs. your current living expenses to show financial deficit. You will probably be asked to provide your last 3 paystubs, if applicable, and will be required to bring in copies of your bills as proof of discrepancy. You should have a High School Diploma or a G.E.D. but may be able to take a test to determine competency. There is Financial Aid available for those who wish to obtain a G.E.D. as well. Male citizens between the ages of 18-26 will be asked to register with the selective service as well.
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The nice thing about grants and scholarships is that they needn’t be paid back like a student loan. You can even receive assistance in paying for your textbooks, which can be quite expensive. Grants and scholarships require that you attend and complete so many course hours each semester and you will need to check in with the school counselor or case worker in order to provide proof that you are keeping up you Grade Point Average. If you are failing your classes or have too many absences you stand to lose your assistance altogether.
If you are interested in pursuing an education as an L.P.N. and think that you may qualify for financial assistance in the form of a scholarship or a grant you should go to the Financial Aid Office at your local vocational school, college, or university to obtain more information. The Financial Aid Office will help you to get started and will tell you everything that you need to know. The information you receive there will be specific to the school that you are planning to attend. So, what are you waiting for? There is no reason to put it off any longer. You can have the career you always wanted and now have a means to improve your situation with the help of a grant or a scholarship. You just have to take the first step and go check it out. Good Luck!
Have you ever applied for a Scholarship or Grant before? Let us know your experience in the comments section.
David Waller says
I am a nursing student at a Nursing School in South California and have applied for and received 2 scholarships for my education, which are helping out a lot. Nursing school is not the cheapest education out there, but it’s definitely worth every penny. When I was searching for scholarships I found out that there were many specifically for nurses, which is great because it will hopefully encourage more prospective nurses to go to nursing school and jump into a nursing career.
Thanks! David for sharing with us your experience, I hope this encourages more students to try and take this route.
Fartun Umur says
Hi there, my name is fartun and im looking for nursing school but trying to find a scholarship seem to be so hard for me to find. I really like working with people I work as a CNA and I wanted to further my education but it just seems so hard to find a scholarship. Please if you have any advise feel free to email me back Thank you.
Hi Fartun. Excellent choice in advancing your career! We have a dedicated section for scholarships for LPN’s – please visit our free lpn training page and select your state to see available options you can pursue. Wishing you all the best for the future 🙂